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Re: Vcenter move

Is the vcenter VM datastore on the SAN or local storage?

If it is on the SAN, you shutdown your vCenter VM, launch vSphere Client and connect directly to the ESXi 4.1 host (that vCenter VM is on) using username root & your password.

Right click on the powered off vCenter VM and you should have the option to Remove from Inventory, make sure to do the Remove and NOT Delete from Disk.

Then launch another vSphere Client and connect directly to the ESXi 5.1 host using username root & your password.

Go to Configuration -> Storage and Browse the Datastore that has the Powered Off vCenter VM, open that folder and look for .vmx file and right click on it and add to Inventory.

Start vCenter VM and it will come up with a warning, just choose "I copied..." and then it should start without any issues.

Once it is started, exit your vSphere Clients that are directly connect to your ESXi hosts.

Start vSphere Client and connect to vCenter and you should be good to go.

Make sure that your network config between ESXi 4.1 & ESXi 5.1 environments are the same (same vSwitch, vNic, etc...)

If your vCenter VM is on local storage, then go to your datastore where it resides and browse the datastore, then choose to move the entire folder from your ESXi 4.1 datastore to your new location (SAN or ESXi 5.1 local datastore)

Then follow the same process to add to inventory, etc...

I am not against virtualizing vCenter, but it becomes a pain in the a$$ when trying to patch ESXi hosts that have vCenter on local storage.

Sometimes putting vCenter on a physical server has its benefits.